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The Fall of the House of Usher

A short story about the fall of a house and a family.

Maya Becton

on 17 September 2013

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Transcript of The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher
Story By:
Edgar Allan Poe
“I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit”
~Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Dark Romanticism
The Narrator:
Biographical Elements
Our Narrator goes to visit his old
friend Usher
-Awkward childhood with him
Description of house and Usher
-Usher and sister
Mentally and physically
Buries sister
-Not actually dead
Reads book
-Hears sounds
Fall of Usher
-House and family
House as character/symbol
-Usher knows she's alive
-Narrator thinks she is alive
Evil at its core
-Inside house
-Lives of Ushers, incest
-Usher doesn't trust outsiders
but lets narrator in
Narrator part of the story
Potentially can't be trusted
Very descriptive
-Doesn't understand what or why
-Claustrophobia, supressing
Truth (macabre)
Why is he there?
Is she dead?
Why the house the way it is?
Art and music
Negative Quest
-Secrets, Incest, History
-Deceiving/not what they seem
-Poe and wife
Usher and Poe's lives go
-Poe's parents die young, bad childhood
Family line obsession with
Poe's obsessive quest for
Literary Criticism:

Usher and sister relationship
Elements of the Story:
Crack top/bottom
"Coming to an end"
Worn out
Ushers control
Usher's mind
Mad Trist
Microcosm for what is
going on
Sources Cited
Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph, and Richard Layman. "Edgar Allen Poe." Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography. Detroit, Mich: Gale Research, 1989. Print.

Watson, Noelle. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Detroit: St. James, 1994. N. pag. Print.

Cook, Jonathan A. "Poe and the Apocalyptic Sublime: "The Fall of the House of Usher"" Papers on Language and Literature. Literature Resource Center, Winter 2011. Web. 18 Nov. 2012.
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